Mahomet no doubt believed that there were prophecies in the Old Testament,
favourable to his mission, which the Jews of Medina, though possessing in their
Scriptures, did not choose to bring forward.
Whether there really were such passages, it does not, at present, concern us
to enquire. What is plain, and beyond dispute, is, that in the text, Mahomet
refers to the Jewish Scriptures as inspired, extant, and genuine:they are
also spoken of in a manner implying that they were possessed in a complete and
perfect state by the Jewish tribes at Medina, although those tribes were not
candid enough to bring them all forward, but only such of the sheets or scrolls
as suited their purpose and argument. Observe that the Book of Moses is here
called "a light and guide to mankind."